Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: And Other Stories of the Supernatural
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Respectable citizen by day . . . killer by night? This is Robert Louis Stevenson's harrowing tale of good and evil -- caught in the same person.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde --
The bottle imp --
Markheim --
The body-snatcher.
Hardcover, 143 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Children's Press(CT) (first published 1886)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories turned out to be a relatively quick read. Here are my thoughts on these stories:

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This was a little different than I expected. It's rather introspective, if that's an appropriate word. The emphasis is not on the action or the dirty deeds that Mr. Hyde perpetrates. Instead, the focus is on the duality of the natures of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In truth, they are not separate men. They are two di...more
Trevor
I can’t really tell you what I was expecting when I started this story – except, of course, that I wasn’t quite expecting what I got.

This is another of those ‘classic tales’ that I’ve long assumed I’ve known, but never have really known at all. I had images in my head of foaming test tubes or beakers and of hair spouting from the backs of hands. To be honest, I also had visions of lots of sex too. Unlike Frankenstein, this story mostly lives up to what I guess could be called its image in the po...more
Jason
Jun 30, 2011 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, gothic, thriller lovers
Recommended to Jason by: It was a cheap purchase.
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D. Scott Meek
Classic story of a good man exploring his dark side. Terrific classic horror tale. Smart and well-written, and the age of the language use gives it perfect (authentic) flavor. Dr. Jekyll, as everyone knows, wishes to explore the nature of Man, and through a potion he concocts he is able to transform himself from a man who is knowledgeable and conscientious, able to consciously steer himself away from evil, into a man who personifies all the dark and deviant things that man holds locked away in h...more
Shannon
Jekyll and Hyde: The dual nature

This is also available at my blog, 149 Novels.

There's a popular question: if you could choose a super power, would you choose flight, or invisibility? The question is deceptive, because it's not just about entering the world of comic book heroes. It's about why you want that power. People who want to fly want to get someplace quickly, want to stop paying for transportation, and want to show off. In an episode of This American Life, one man specifically says that a...more
Cindy
Party of my creepy Halloween reads. boo!

Just a quick note: Jeckyll & Hyde was fairly entertaining, filled with the archaic Victorian verbal effluvia. "It was a wild, cold, seasonable night of March, with a pale moon, lying on her back as though the wind had tilted her, and flying wrack of the most diaphanous and lawny texture." Oh those lawny textures! As usual with these old stories, the mechanisms of the story telling (from the POV of a 3rd party, the tale in retrospect, and telling instea...more
colleen the contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
Jekyll and Hyde is one of those stories that everyone 'knows' but very few people actually have read. I was well aquainted with the general idea of the story from it's various permutations, but this is the first time I read it. One of the major differences is that in almost every version I can think of, Hyde is some hulking brute, but in the story he's actually smaller, physically. I found that interesting, and odd.

Other than that, though, I wasn't entirely enthralled with the story - mostly, I...more
Judy
An enjoyable read of Stevenson's horror stories. A fun read for me simply because classic horror seems tame compared to contemporary horror novels. One has to wonder how horrified the damsels and gentlemen of the 19th century were to read about Stevenson's grave robbers, a Christmas day murder, a hell-bound imp in a bottle or Jekyll & Hyde.

Never having read Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde previously, the story was a revelation of sorts. However, my favorite story was The Bottle Imp because its not o...more
Jaclyn
Confession - I joined a new book club. I felt like I was cheating on my California book club. I promise I was thinking about them while we discussed the duality of man - the carnal and the supernal. This concept is one those universal battles that all people face- though many do not acknowledge the battle between being their best self and indulging in life's pleasures. Dr. Jekyll is a good man with a good idea about separating our dueling selves, but of course, it does not work out the way he pl...more
Gary Hoggatt
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is one of those books that, like many classics, everyone "knows" but no one's ever read. It's worth reading as it has influenced a great many stories since and has several worthwhile moments of its own, but only if you can put what you think you know about the story to the side. If you can put yourself in the place of the characters, the tale is mysterious and the fact that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are one and the same is a horrible revelation. The close of t...more
Dark Slayer
‘Good’ and ‘evil’ are chiefly found in works whose main goal is about the inner struggle and from which the reader may delineate the conflict between the two that inevitably exist in the psychological side of the same person. This Gothic device is prominently used in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde symbolize the good (the former) and evil (the latter) which permanently live within every human being. This story, hence, shows the strug...more
Rjurik Davidson
Another tale rightfully seared into our collective consciousness, the experience of reading it can't be anything like that of its first, unsuspecting, readers. But a nicely plotted little tale of mystery, its final section, when Jekyll makes his confession, is chilling. For his tale resonates with anyone who has felt divided within themselves, and who would claim never to have felt such internal conflicts? At once a tale of an addict, a Jungian shadow, and the everyman of Victorian England, this...more
The other John
The introduction to this book has a great quote: "...Stevenson's story is more known about than actually known..." This was certainly true for me, and ever since enjoying The League of Extra-ordinary Gentlemen*, I had a desire to change that. I finally managed to snag a copy of the tale and read it. As you probably know, it's the tale of a Doctor Henry Jekyll, who concocts a potion that transforms him into Mr. Edward Hyde, an amoral man without restraint. Or perhaps you can say that the potion r...more
Sam
A brilliantly written collection of stories that reflect the complexities and desires of the human conditions. The classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde reflects how people yearn to be someone else or lead a double life. I found Jekyll's character more interesting than Hyde's. Hyde was clear in his wants and desires and did what he wanted, how he wanted and when he wanted while Jekyll was clearly far more restrained and controlled. The comparison between the two characters reflects on the dual and com...more
Ruthiella
There were four stories in this collection: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Tale of the Body-Snatchers, Markheim and The Bottle Imp. Of course, the twist to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has been spoiled for most everyone by now. Does anyone remember that Bugs Bunny episode “Hyde and Hare”? I didn’t realize that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a mere short story, I had assumed it was a novel. The Tale of the Body-Snatchers is a fairly straight forward ghost story. Markheim reminded me a bit of The Tell Tale H...more
Laila A
TOO SHORT.
NEED MOAR.
SO GOOD.
NEED MOAR.
Ari
Let me start this off by proudly stating that when it came to reading the Classics in high school, it was always the weird dark ones that I obsessed over. I was never an Austen kid - it just didn't move me like the horror of Frankenstein, for instance.

With that background, as far as Classic lit goes, these short stories certainly delivered when it came to the mildly-to-downright horrible nature of humankind (and beyond). I'm glad I read "...and Other Stories" because Jekyll and Hyde, while being...more
Jess Cattanach
I have no idea how I should rate a collection of short stories, so I'm just going to go with a 3 star rating because some were better than others. I'll briefly mention my thoughts on all the stories below.

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
This one's a classic, of course, and this was my second time reading it. The first was five years ago so my memory of it is vague, meaning that I got to essentially rediscover it again this time. There are about a million reviews on this one, so I don't want...more
Smita
What an exceptional read! I've read this classic in the past but truly appreciated it this time around when I read it in one sitting...just couldn't put it down.

Reminiscent of Mark Twain's quote, "Every man is a moon and has a dark side that he shows to no one," Stevenson poignantly explores the theme of man's duality, perhaps a "fragmentation of personality" that is brought upon by the modern world.

After completion of this book, I am hoping to see a theatrical production of Stevenson's novell...more
Timothy Morrow
I went into this book knowing that it shouldn't be like any of the terrible adaptions on television, I was partly wrong. Indeed, the horrible Mr. Hyde was not the giant grotesque monster I saw on tv, nor was the story very close to anything they tried in Hollywood. The similarity between the book and televisions, Jekyll/Hyde, was that I was not amused with either. The concept and the idea of the story is amazing and beautiful, a man fighting between good and evil within himself, and the idea of...more
Traci
This year is beginning much like last year; I've promised myself to read some of the classics that I've somehow missed, depsite being a total book nut and a bona fide English Lit major. Yep, I have the B.A. from Indiana University to prove it! Anyway, I only made it through a few titles last year, then my summer sort of took over my life (more on that later), and I was lucky to read much at all.

I'm going back to the plan of last January, and thus, a review of the tormented doctor. There's not m...more
Jacob
The title story is pretty good, as are two other short stories after it, but then the quality steadily declines. The last story, a novella, occupies half the book and is the worst of them, so that's what is dragging down the rating. The writing is an old style that is hard to get into and easy to leave and forget what was going on. Other than that, Stevenson is good at setting mood and creating a gloomy atmosphere.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: a pretty good story, although there's...more
John
A thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable book. It wasn't particularly scary (modern, visual, visceral horror media is much better at scaring), it wasn't particularly surprising (as unless you live in an internetless, telivisionless cave somewhere on Charon you've undoubtedly seen or read some form of the Jekyll-Hyde story) but it was certainly good.

What makes this story particularly good as a horror novel though is that the fear doesn't come from external factors. I mean sure there's a gruesome mur...more
Jennifer
Everyone knows the story, or at least they think they do. But as is the case with much classic literature that enters into popular consciousness, much gets lost or forgotten or shockingly misremembered (I'm looking at you, Wuthering Heights, and your freakish misinterpretation as a love story!) Stevenson's tale is both more and less than you probably recall it being, far more reliant on frames within frames in a way that makes you wonder if he wasn't a long-lost Bronte sister and with much less...more
Davis
"All human beings, as we meet them, are commingled out of good and evil." A classic for a reason, still providing insight into humanity through its Victorian lens. Much different than I was initially expecting; the story is built around Mr. Utterson and the mystery of who Mr. Hyde is. Lots of excellent Victorian sensibilities that are deconstructing and examined honestly through Jekyll's transformation, and what that means about all people in general. The destructive sides of isolation, duality...more
Kasey Jane
I decided to finally read this because of Stephen King. In his introduction to a collection where Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was bound with Dracula and Frankenstein, King described the three stories as laying the foundation for all Western horror: self-made, man-made, and back-from-the-dead monsters. Wolfman, vampire, and other.

Although I was familiar with the story, I was not consciously aware that it was written by Robert Louis Stevenson until last night. I think of Stevenson as an adventure writ...more
Chris
As I'm going to see the play Jekyll & Hyde this weekend, I felt compelled to reread the book. The first thing I was struck by was the size of the novel. I remembered it being short, but I didn't realize just how short it is. The edition I'm reading has less than a hundred pages for Jekyll & Hyde and then takes another hundred pages to present 3 of Stevenson's short stories and a brief editorial note.

Despite its short size, the writing is dense in portions. Steeped in heavy Victorian styl...more
Beth
God, what a horrible, insufferable slog of a book. (This review refers solely to The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, not the other "tales of terror.")

My editions (GR doesn't list it) is 88 pages long. 88 pages has never felt longer or nastier or...yes, the crtiicism of the uneducated and impatient and blah blah blah, so BORING. It took me six days to read. For an 88 page book!

I'll admit it: I'm judging Jekyll and Hyde solely on the book I expected to get, rather than the book I got. Yes...more
Brittany
I really liked the concept of the book. The split between good and evil in everyone, and how Jekyll devolved into basically pure evil in the end. I almost pitied him as he realized he would/could no longer exist, even though he didn't feel too remorseful about the things he did (aside from the killing of Carew). Also, the idea that Hyde may not have been purely evil, trying to change himself back to Jekyll before realizing it was useless and killing himself. I'm not sure if he was just killed hi...more
Angela
One of the nice things about reading a lot of ebooks as of late is the sheer number of older classic works available in public domain electronic copies. Among these is the Feedbooks ebook edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson, and I decided it was high time I read it.

We all of course know the basics of the story, but what I didn't know was that the original story is not from Jekyll's point of view at all, but rather from that of a third party. The lawy...more
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

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“He is not easy to describe. There is something wrong with his appearance; something displeasing, something downright detestable. I never saw a man I so disliked, and yet I scarce know why. He must be deformed somewhere; he gives a strong feeling of deformity, although I couldn’t specify the point. He’s an extraordinary-looking man, and yet I really can name nothing out of the way. No sir; I can make no hand of it; I can’t describe him. And it’s not want of memory; for I declare I can see him this moment.” 13 likes
“but that in case of Dr. Jekyll's "disappearance or unexplained absence for any period exceeding three calendar months," the said Edward Hyde should step into the said Henry Jekyll's shoes without further delay and free from any burthen or obligation beyond the payment of a few small sums to the members of the doctor's household” 1 likes
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